Introduction

The Diploma in Music Performance aims to equip students and aspiring musicians with the necessary foundational knowledge and competencies in music performance. The modules within the course help lay the groundwork for their development into critical reflective musicians by covering the following key areas: performance, theory, music history and musicianship. Students will also be equipped with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skill sets to pursue successful careers in the contemporary music industry.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:
– Demonstrate proficiency on their instrument of choice that is equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 or better
– Possess music theory proficiency that is equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 or better for Classical students, or pop music theory proficiency that is equivalent to Rock School Grade 8 or better for Pop students
– Exhibit intermediate musicianship and ensemble skills
– Successfully promote oneself as an independent artist

Certificate Courses

Alternatively, all modules can be taken individually as short certificate courses. To apply for this course or to request for a Course Prospectus, please proceed here.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a Diploma in Music Performance

Course Duration / Commencement

Full Time (12 months)
Part Time (18 months)

Full-Time: 3 hour tutorials conducted 5 times a week on weekdays (between 10 – 6 pm)
Part-Time: 2.5 hour tutorials conducted 4 times a week on weeknights (7-10 pm)

Intake commences every mid-February and mid-August of the year.

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Course Structure

Course Structure and Outline

  • Module 1 – Fundamentals in Music Theory (5 credits)

Students will be taught a strong foundation of music theory and harmonic concepts derived from classical and contemporary teachings. Some of the topics covered include scale and mode construction, rhythms and time signatures, key signatures, intervals, chord construction, and the principles of harmonic progressions.

  • Module 2 – Introduction to Music Technology (5 credits)

This module will cover an overview of current technology in relation to music. It provides students with a fundamental understanding of the principles and theories of sound, as well as Pro Tools, the industry standard digital audio workstation for recording and digital audio production. Through a series of lecture sessions and in-class demonstration, students will be taught topics such as frequency response, bit depth and sample rate, understanding different audio file formats and basic signal flow.

  • Module 3 – Audio Ear Training (5 credits)

Through audio ear training drills, students will be trained to recognise and identify all the 10 octave bands in the frequency spectrum, which will subsequently develop critical listening skills for them to be successful in recording and mixing sessions.

  • Module 4 – MIDI Systems for Music Production (5 credits)

This module explores the industry standard Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) specification and its application in music production. Through in-class demonstration and hands-on exercises done at individual computer-based workstations, students will learn how to set up and troubleshoot a MIDI workstation and use sequencing as well as loops to create a music arrangement.

  • Module 5 – Principles of Acoustics and Studio Maintenance (10 credits)

This module offers a study of the physics of sound and how it affects our listening environments, particularly in recording studios and performance venues. Students will be taught how sound propagates and interacts with different materials and densities, vibration isolation, room acoustics and the various considerations involved in designing a studio. They will also be introduced to concepts such as voltage, alternating and direct current, resistance and impedance, capacitance and electromagnetism, and taught basic studio maintenance techniques, such as how to care for and repair important studio gear, solder cables and maintain microphones.

  • Module 6 – Advanced Pro Tools (10 credits)

This module builds on the Introduction to Music Technology module to provide students with a more advanced understanding of the Pro Tools software, with an emphasis on MIDI sequencing and synchronization with video. Through in-class demonstration and hands-on exercises in the studio, students will be taught advanced recording techniques, proper synchronization techniques and timing, sequencing in Pro Tools, a wider array of shortcuts and learn how to troubleshoot within Pro Tools.

  • Module 7 – Recording Techniques (20 credits)

This module focuses on multitrack recording in the studio. Students will be taught in-depth recording principles including an understanding of the console and studio signal flow, different types of microphones and their polar patterns, miking techniques and placement, good recording practices, and finally the ability to make technical decisions in various recording situations. Through various in-class recording sessions as well as out-of-class recording projects, students will be tasked to set up and engineer recording sessions efficiently, both with and without guidance from an instructor.

  • Module 8 – Live Sound Techniques (5 credits)

This module introduces students to the principles of live sound. Students will be taught how to set up, manage, run and tear-down for a live concert situation. Topics include systems integration of live sound reinforcement, microphone choice and placement, understanding loudspeakers and finally live mixing considerations. In addition to the in-class lectures, students will also take part in excursions to tour live performance venues and run practical hands-on sessions with live musicians to apply what they have learnt.

  • Module 9 – Music Production Techniques (10 credits)

This module deals with the creative and technical aspects of music production, equipping students with the skills to get the most out of musicians, artistes and recording sessions. Through the use of reference songs, students will understand the different stages of production, production values and how to achieve certain sounds in the studio. This module also explores the relationship between producer and engineer, and how to attain a balanced and successful partnership in the studio.

  • Module 10 – Mixing Techniques (20 credits)

This module covers essential techniques and concepts during mixdown in a digital audio workstation environment. Students will be taught both the technical concepts and the practical usages of digital signal processing (plug-ins) such as EQ, compression, gating, reverb and delay. Through mixing assignments and a final project, students will learn how to build up a solid mix for different musical styles.

  • Module 11 – Introduction to Music Business (4 credits)

module provides students with an essential overview of the contemporary music industry, and how it is constantly evolving due to recent significant developments, most notably technological advancements and the internet. Students will also gain an awareness of how they can achieve success for themselves and their songs as an independent artist, using the range of tools and accessible platforms available today.

  • Module 12 – Professional Development (6 credits)

This module guides students in their development as reflective and capable individuals in their desired fields by equipping them with essential practical and industry-relevant skill sets. Students are also encouraged to take concrete steps to develop themselves professionally through internal and external projects and training workshops. Selected students will also be given the opportunity to intern with the School’s industry links.

  • Module 13 – Collaborative Project (15 credits)

In this module, students will be given individual instruction and guidance as they prepare and progress through their final portfolio of a 3-song production album with students from other disciplines. It encourages them to utilize and further develop upon all the skills and techniques that they had picked up earlier in the academic year, and provides them with the opportunity to kick-start their professional careers in the industry.

Instructor to Student Ratio

The instructor to student ratio is 1 instructor to 10 students.

Entry Requirements

At least 16 years old

Academic Entry Requirements:
– Minimum of 3 GCE O-level credits with grade C6 and above, or completion of 10 years of formal education, or its international equivalent
– Candidates with a NITEC or Higher NITEC Certificate will have to complete and pass the SOMA’s Certificate Course in ‘Songwriting’, ‘Audio Engineering’ or ‘Electronic Music Production’ in order to be eligible for admission to the Diploma courses
– Minimum ABRSM, Trinity or LCM Grade 5 Performance or equivalent
– Minimum ABRSM, Trinity or LCM Grade 3 Music Theory or equivalent

Language Entry Requirements:
– International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 4.5, or
– GCE ‘N’/’O’ Level English Language – grade C6 and above, or
– Other English Language Proficiency Tests (TOEFL etc.) will be considered on a case by case basis

Graduation Requirements

Students need to complete and pass every module in order to graduate.

Attendance Policy

Local Students are required to meet a minimum of 80% attendance for each module in order to complete the course.

Foreign Students are required to meet a minimum of 90% attendance for each module in order to complete the course.

Fees
Fee Particulars Fee Amount
Application Fee SGD 300
Tuition Fee SGD 12, 888
Laptop/ tablet and Computer Program Bundle * SGD 2, 800
Administrative Fee (Local Student) SGD 380
Administrative, Visa and Compliance Fees (International Student) SGD 980

* Students who sign up 2 months before the course commencement date will get the laptop/ tablet and computer program bundle for free.